Re-blogged from the National District Export Council website www.districtexportcouncil.com.
On February 28, 2013, Daniel Ogden, Chairman of the National District Export Council, testified before Congress during a hearing of the House Small Business Trade Subcommittee on the development by the 113th Congress of a small business trade agenda.
In the Testimony, Daniel Ogden provides a comparison of U.S. federal export assistance programs with government-funded export assistance in other large exporting countries. Highlights include:
- The UK’s Passport to Export program for SMEs provides free one-on-one mentoring, subsidized training, and a subsidized visit to an overseas market.
- Germany provides support to firms exhibiting in trade fairs abroad. 60 percent of all German firms participate in trade fairs; two thirds of which exhibit abroad.
- France’s Trade Missions Overseas program provides up to $3,750 to SMEs and includes French pavilions at trade fairs, products and displays, and other t trade promotions.
- The Netherlands and Australia have grant programs that pay (up to $110,000 in the Netherlands) for new exporters’ market development costs.
Ogden’s testimony also includes several useful facts on US export assistance including:
- An overview of the District Export Councils and their purpose
- Opportunities and challenges for U.S. small business exporters
- Current organization and proposed reorganizations in federal trade promotions
- National District Export Council’s position and recommendations to Congress on federal trade promotion
Click here for a PDF copy of the Testimony Transcript, or see the Testimony video below. (Testimony starts at time marker 8:55.)
For more information on the National District Export Council, please refer to their website at http://www.districtexportcouncil.com.
Re-blogged courtesy of Ray Hays, Member of the Arizona District Export Council